One college student lost 220 pounds after switching his fast food diet for a “ taste bud cleansing ” where he started eating only unseasoned potatoes for two weeks.
Obese Dylan Wall, 21, of Dixon County, Tennessee, weighed 425 pounds when he graduated from high school in 2017.
But when he attended Austin Peay State University for another student day, he knew he had to make a change after failing to keep up on the college tour.
He stopped eating all of his usual high-calorie meals and snacks and survived for two weeks on nothing but potatoes, then went on a strict diet without meat or dairy, and began a vigorous exercise regimen.
Dylan Wall, 21, from Dixon County, Tennesee, weighed 425 pounds before deciding to make a change in his life. Left front and now pictured
Due to his extreme weight loss, Mr Wall is left with a lot of excess skin that he hopes will require surgery
Mr. Wall now weighs about 200 pounds and says his life has never been better.
“On a tour of my college, I lost my group because I couldn’t keep up,” he recalls. “I knew I wouldn’t get to my classes on time if I stayed on that course.
‘Around the same time my sister gave birth to my nephew. I didn’t want to give him that example. ‘
The first step in his weight loss was curbing what he called his “taste addiction.”
He said, “I started with a taste bud cleansing. I only ate potatoes without spices for two weeks. It really helped with my cravings.
‘I then cut out all the dairy and red meat. For the most part, I just counted my calories. I have not tried to make my healthy food taste good. I only ate to fuel myself. I wanted to break my taste addiction and not eat for pleasure. ‘
Before his new diet, Mr. Wall survived on a diet of fast food, meat, and processed carbohydrates (pictured earlier)
At the beginning of his diet, Mr. Wall started a ‘taste bud cleansing’ and only ate unseasoned potatoes for two weeks (now in photo)
Before losing weight, Mr. Wall survived on a diet of fast food, meat, and processed carbohydrates.
“I would usually get something from McDonald’s on the way to school. I would definitely get more than a normal serving, ”he added.
‘For lunch I got a double portion of whatever the school lunch was. I didn’t really have a set dinner. When I got home I ate occasionally until I went to sleep.
‘Usually I would have two or three sandwiches. Except when I left to go to school, I didn’t get out that often. It was just about until the day I graduated high school. ‘
Dylan’s diet before
Breakfast: McDonald’s – large portion
Lunch: Double portion of school lunch
Dinner: two or three sandwiches; grazing on and off.
Dylan’s diet after that
Breakfast: protein, two pieces of low-calorie toast
Lunch: Turkey sub without cheese
Dinner: Chicken fillet with three types of vegetables and rice
Mr. Wall then switched his breakfast to egg white with two pieces of low-calorie toast and a turkey sub without cheese for lunch.
‘For dinner I would have something like chicken breast with three kinds of vegetables and rice.
It took a little less than a year to lose 180 pounds. I only entered the gym when I lost that first bit of weight. ‘
Once he was ready to start exercising, Mr. Wall started slow and introduced some cardio.
The 21-year-old student decided to make a change in his life after struggling to keep up with other students on a tour at Austin Peay State University (pictured during his trip)
He added: ‘I really wanted to be able to do cardio. It was the bane of my existence. At 30 stone, it wasn’t easy to run in gym class, so I was doing cardio every day when I started.
‘Eventually I came to a kilometer of 7:30. Gradually I also added some upper body stuff, squats and deadlifts.
‘After losing weight, there was a lot of extra skin left. I wanted to fill that up with muscle mass. I wanted to back up properly.
The last three and a half brick came out a little slower. It took another year to get that last £ 50 down. ‘
He swapped his unhealthy diet for a dinner of chicken fillet with three types of vegetables and rice. Previously pictured
Mr. Wall is now planning surgery to remove his excess skin. He said, ‘I would do the surgery. I don’t think I knew how mentally taxing it would be to be left with the skin. After I got this far and lost so much, I still have that memory every day. ‘
The 21-year-old is now focusing on helping the people in his life with their weight issues.
He added: ‘I met my current girlfriend 50 pounds in my weight loss. Since we got together, she’s lost five and a half stones. My dad also bet $ 100 to see who could lose 60 pounds the fastest. I won but he also lost the 60 pounds. ‘